Open Government Night

Press Release | August 12, 2019

Contact: Ashley Phelps | 202-225-2371


Davis Announces Upcoming
Open Government Night

Champaign, IL - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced he will be hosting his second Open Government Night following the first event held in Decatur recently where more than 250 constituents attended. The series is in conjunction with state lawmakers to allow constituents an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials at the state and federal level on important issues. The second event will be held in Champaign with State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).

"Ensuring constituents have an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials continues to be my priority," said Davis. "Open Office Hours allow me to have personal, one-on-one conversations with people about the issues they care about. Open Government Nights allow people to discuss issues facing our government at the state and federal levels. I'm looking forward to discussing these issues next Monday night."

“Events like this are a great way for area residents to hear directly from their State Representative and Congressman about the issues important to them. We need to hear from our constituents, and so I would encourage everyone to try to make it out and let their voice be heard." said Halbrook.

Open Government Nights are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis for constituents.

Davis has hosted 70 Open Office Hours, where constituents meet with him one-on-one or in small groups, and his staff has held 106 Traveling Help Desks, where they help constituents with casework or take down policy concerns, during his time in Congress.
Upcoming Open Government Night


WHAT: Audience Q&A with Congressman Davis and Representative Halbrook moderated by News-Gazette Media's Scott Beatty.

WHEN: Monday, August 19th 6:00-7:30PM CST, Doors open at 5:00PM CST

WHERE: Parkland College, Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL

Attendance is free and open to the public.
Seating is first-come, first-serve. No registration.
Parking is free. Lot M1 north of the theatre entrance is recommended.
Anyone requiring special accommodations can call (217) 403-4690.

Information for Media Only

Media is invited to cover the Open Government Night and will be permitted to take photos and video. Following the events, media will have an opportunity to speak with Davis. If media plans to attend, they are asked to RSVP to [email protected].




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2833 S Grand Ave East
Springfield, IL 62703
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Champaign, IL 61820
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Decatur, IL 62523
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Maryville, IL 62624
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Normal, IL 61761
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Halbrook Dismantles State Funding Myth

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Halbrook Urges Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

Rep. Halbrook urges opposition to a possible gas tax hike


For Immediate Release                                                                                      Contact: Brad Halbrook

Dec. 17, 2018                                                                                                                        217-774-1306 


Shelbyville, IL – With the possibility of legislators being asked to vote on a gas tax increase during the upcoming lame duck session of the Legislature, State Representative Brad Halbrook is urging opposition to any tax hike proposal.


“We do not need a repeat of what happened in 2011 when the Democrat majority pushed through a massive income tax increase during the lame duck session as dozens of lawmakers who were leaving office the next day cast votes to raise taxes,” Halbrook said. “That vote occurred in the middle of the night while most people were asleep. There was strong opposition to how that tax increase became law. We should not go down that road again.”


There have been several ideas floated to raise the gas tax in Illinois. The most recent proposal from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to raise the gas tax 20 – 30 cents in Illinois. The average tax on motor fuel in Illinois is 37.32 cents per gallon. Raising the tax by 30 cents per gallon would mean Illinois would have the highest gas in the nation at 67.32 cents per gallon – nearly 9 cents higher than the 58.7 cents per gallon tax in Pennsylvania.


Halbrook said what is needed is a comprehensive approach to transportation – not a knee jerk reaction to raise taxes just because gas prices are low.


“The political battles between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan has made it impossible to get a Capital bill done and so we have not done any major road improvement plans in a very long time,” Halbrook said. “But we do not need to sneak tax increases through in the middle of the night and allow lame duck legislators to set major policies for the state. We need to take a comprehensive approach to transportation funding and we also need to see what is going to happen at the federal level as Democrats and Republicans both are wanting a major transportation funding initiative. We should wait and see what happens at the federal level before raising taxes here in Illinois.”


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The voice of Illinois business, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee has endorsed Brad Halbrook for State Representative in the 102nd District.

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“As a small businessman and farmer, Brad has the experience Illinois needs in Springfield," said Rauner. "During his previous service in the General Assembly, Brad established a strong conservative record by advocating for much needed reforms, economic growth and lower taxes. We need leaders like Brad Halbrook who will bring real-world business experience to the General Assembly. Career politicians and the special interests have stifled business for too long."

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Governor Rauner Supports Halbrook

Champaign News-Gazette reports Governor Rauner's support for Brad Halbrook.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has jumped into the 102nd House District Republican primary, endorsing former state Rep. Brad Halbrook in what for now is a three-way race.

Halbrook, of Shelbyville, is running with Jim Acklin of Ogden and Randy Peterson of Paris to replace retiring state Rep. Adam Brown, who announced this summer that he would not try for a fourth term in 2016.

"The governor is supporting Brad because he's the right fit for the district and supports the governor's Turnaround Agenda," said Rauner spokesman Lance Trover.

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Halbrook Supports Chicago Mayor Recall Bill

Saying that transparency and accountability were cornerstones of good government, Republican State Representative candidate Brad Halbrook put his support behind a bill allowing Chicago citizens to petition to recall their mayor.

“Accountability for our elected officials is critical. When they use their governmental power to hide important information from the public to help their election, the public deserves a method to remove that official.”

House Bill 4356 has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly and would provide a mechanism to have Rahm Emanuel removed as mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel has been under criticism for withholding video evidence of the shooting of Laquan McDonald during his reelection campaign for Mayor earlier this year.  The City of Chicago settled with the McDonald family out of court and only a lawsuit was able to uncover the video.

Halbrook is a small businessman and farmer from Shelbyville running in the March 15, 2016 Republican primary election for State Representative in the 102nd District.


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